Skelton Grange

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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

Sat 27th June 2015: Summer Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal - last few spaces

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, and enjoy a delicious three course meal, with drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) included. All recipes use wild & organic ingredients. Craig's courses with us are very popular, so do book soon...

Example Menu :

Starters: Wild Watercress Gazpacho, Homemade Goats Cheeses & Seaweed Crackers
Mains: Wild Spring Green Risotto, Wild Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette & Wild Garlic

Sorbet: BreadSweet Cicely Sorbet to refresh the palette
Dessert: Japanese Knotweed & Creme Patissiere Tart w/ Vanilla & Orange Zest Chantilly Cream
Drinks: Wild alcohols, cordials & Fresh Herb Teas

Craig will also bring along various preserves for you to try

The event will be from 10am-4pm and include time for food and socialising.

Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 4th July 2015: Chris Moss wire bird workshop - last few spaces

Yorkshire artist Chris Moss makes the most amazing wire and metal sculptures of birds and other animals, and we are really pleased to welcome her back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another wire bird workshop. During the day you will learn to create a wire bird of your own such as a duck, chicken or pheasant, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 22nd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds! - SOLD OUT

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Thurs 23rd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds! - SOLD OUT

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

27th-31st July 2015: Summer playscheme for 8-12 yrs - FULLY BOOKED

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day! Past events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day, £150 for five full days

Earlybird booking £130 by 21st April!!

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

26th-27th Aug 2015: Into the Wilderness 2 day/1 night adventure for 10-14 yrs - last few spaces

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! Past Into the Wilderness events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making....

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds. Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the chance to build your own shelter - and sleep out in it!

£75 for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day. DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 16th Sept 2015: Phil Bradley willow deer workshop - last few spaces

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own such as a deer or sheep, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

Feedback from last time : A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Thurs 17th March 2016: Nature Play for Early Years

Encouraging imaginative play in the natural world

Playing in and with nature is an excellent way to support all the types of learning and development in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

This course looks at:

The benefits of Nature Play.

Managing Risk – how to manage risk and the difference between good and bad risk.

How to enhance opportunities for Nature Play in your school grounds / local area.

Encouraging independent and creative play and exploration.

Ideas for activities that will encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

How Nature Play meets the requirements of the new EYFS framework.

Previous participant feedback: “Fantastic ideas for age group”... “Good balance of hands on ‘doing’ and listening/ discussion. Clear links made about how many of the activities help children to develop general learning behaviours and skills needed for wider curriculum learning.”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Click here for more info and to make a booking


Do you want training for all your staff?

We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT!

Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months).

Please contact the centre for details.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

 

Thurs 28th April 2016: Environmental Games & Activities

Creative and inspiring ideas for playing and learning outside with 3-11 year olds

The natural environment is a superb learning environment and this practical course will give you lots of ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children and support the delivery of the national curriculum / EYFS. The activities are suitable for 3-11 year olds, make use of simple and easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 22 years!

At the end of the day you will have made your own back pocket gamaes book, ready to take your learning and teaching outside.

Previous participant feedback:

“Excellent day, well suited to staff needs, the content was well planned and linked to the primary curriculum. Thanks”

“Great fun – and I now have lots of new ideas for taking the children outside”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Do you want training for all your staff?

We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT!

Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months).

Please contact us for details.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

 

Thurs 12th May 2016: Raising Standards: taking literacy & numeracy outdoors

A course for primary teachers demonstrating how to use the natural environment to teach the core curriculum areas of literacy and numeracy

A practical day introducing a range of hands on outdoor activities that can be used across Key Stage 1 and 2 to engage children.

Covers numeracy topics including time, measurement, ratio, fractions, data gathering and number bonds.

Literacy topics include story building and telling, poetry, descriptive writing, vocabulary development and even punctuation.

Demonstrates how to use real world learning experience to extend children’s learning and problem solving skills.

Previous participant feedback: “Very good ideas, concepts and practical guidance to take away, use and adapt” “The activities can be moulded to any age”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Click here for more info and to make a booking


Do you want training for all your staff?

We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT!

Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months).

Please contact the centre for details.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

 

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We deliver INSET training for teachers and early years professionals, either in your own school or children's centre setting, or at Skelton Grange. Current courses include; Raising Standards by Teaching Numeracy & Literacy Outside; Making the Most of your School Grounds; Environmental Games; Nature Play for Early Years or for Childminders. We can design and deliver custom made courses just for you. Courses can last a whole day (£750) or half day/twilight session (£500).

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.

As much as we love dogs here at Skelton Grange, we appreciate that not all paticipants may be comfortable around them so we operate a no dog policy for our events.